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Annual California Legislative Recap
Another year has passed in the California Legislature, with new laws and amendments affecting California employers.
United States
6 Nov 2018
Fair Pay And Safe Work Places Goes To President Trump
Yesterday, by a vote of 49-48, the Senate passed a house joint resolution disapproving the final rule implementing Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.
United States
16 Mar 2017
Employment Law Commentary, October 2016
Now that the dust has settled on the California 2016 legislative session, it is once again time to round up and review the new laws impacting California employers.
United States
9 Nov 2016
Texas Court Temporarily Stops Implementation Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces
Judge Marcia Crone of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas stopped the implementation of controversial provisions of Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces...
United States
9 Nov 2016
WARNING: California Adopts New Proposition 65 "How To Warn" Rules
Last Friday, the state published the first major changes to the Proposition 65 regulations in more than a decade.
United States
9 Sep 2016
Kilby V. CVS Pharmacy: The California Supreme Court In The Driver's Seat Clarifies Seating Standards In The Workplace
Most of the California Industrial Welfare Commission's industry and occupational wage orders contain a two-sentence provision requiring employers to provide employees with suitable seats "when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats."
United States
17 May 2016
Employment Law Commentary, July 2015
One of the most basic concepts in employment law is that employers have an obligation to furnish a safe workplace for their employees. Cal. Lab. Code § 6400.
United States
3 Aug 2015
Effort To Hide Facebook Evidence By Deactivating Account Ends Badly For Louisiana Man
As social media has become ubiquitous, courts are wrestling with more discovery disputes involving social media accounts.
United States
19 May 2015
A Guide To Hiring And Firing In Europe
An organization’s workforce is one of its most important assets, and maintaining good employee relations can be key to ensuring business runs smoothly.
United States
4 Jul 2014
A Mandatory Injury And Illness Prevention Plan Under Federal OSHA: How Will It Affect Employers (Especially In California)?
In the near future, California businesses may need to adjust their current injury and illness prevention programs ("IIPPs") to conform to proposed federal regulations, which, if adopted, could require additional provisions to California IIPPs under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the "OSH Act"), 29 U.S.C. § 651 et seq.
United States
9 Apr 2012
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Set To Further Reduce Lead Content Limit For All Children’s Products
In the wake of several toy recalls, the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 ("CPSIA") imposed far-reaching requirements on consumer product manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers. Although its provisions have the potential to affect all members of the consumer product industry, the main focus of the CPSIA upon enactment was limiting the lead content of "children's products." Under the CPSIA, a "children's product" is a consumer product primarily designed or int
United States
21 Jul 2011
Cal/OSHA Enforcement Penalties: The New Definition Of Serious is Serious
Effective January 1, 2011, new Labor Code §6432 (AB 2774) revises the definition of a "serious" violation for the purposes of a Cal/OSHA citation and makes it much easier for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to prove a serious violation with its significantly higher fines than citations classified as either general or regulatory.
United States
4 Jul 2011
Supreme Court Rejects States’ Nuisance Claims But Leaves Door Open To Future Climate Change Lawsuits
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in American Electric Power v. Connecticut that federal common law nuisance claims cannot be used to address harms arising from climate change.
United States
28 Jun 2011
Future of Climate Change Tort Litigation in the Hands of U.S. Supreme Court
On Monday, December 6, 2010, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, a case examining whether the electric utility industry may be held accountable in court for its alleged contributions to harms arising from climate change.
United States
16 Dec 2010
Manufacturers of Consumer Products Face Extensive California Green Chemistry Requirements
In a highly-anticipated new development, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control ("DTSC") issued its draft Regulation for Safer Consumer Product Alternatives to implement its innovative Green Chemistry regulatory program.
United States
6 Jul 2010
COBRA Provisions Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009
The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Act") includes several new requirements that will impact the COBRA responsibilities of employers maintaining group health plans.
United States
27 Feb 2009
Environmental Marketing Claims For Plastic Products Subject To Additional Requirements In California
“Green claims” for plastic products? Not so fast. In response to continuing concerns about false and misleading advertising and marketing claims regarding the environmental benefits of plastic bags and plastic food and beverage products, the California Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 1972 (A.B. 1972) to prohibit the use of certain terms for such products.
United States
10 Feb 2009
July 1, 2008: Hands-Free Cell Phone Use Mandatory
Effective July 1, 2008, California joins Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, and some local jurisdictions in prohibiting the use of handheld mobile phones while driving.
United States
5 May 2008
New EPA Reporting Requirements For Lead in Children’s Products (Ages 14 and Under)
In the wake of multiple recalls of children’s toys, jewelry and other household articles, and under pressure from environmental advocacy groups to exercise its regulatory authorities under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S.
United States
15 Feb 2008
Supreme Court Upholds Private Right Of Action Under CERCLA
A unanimous Supreme Court has removed any doubt about a private party's right to sue for environmental response costs under the federal Superfund.
United States
13 Jun 2007
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